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I’m starting to be mindful as I navigate life with my anxiety and depression. I feel myself noticing things and adding to my knowledge when I’m not stuck in the past or anxious about the future. Whatever I am and have been has contributed to who I am now and I’m very grateful for all my experiences. I know I will look back and feel proud of myself for battling through some difficult phases when my mind wasn’t feeling it’s best. Life is pretty cool.
Mostly yes except when life knocks me sideways. The most useful tools in the box are morning ritual and mindfulness. The former (breathing, stretching, meditation, making tea etc) helps me anchor to the day. The latter allows me to appreciate what is going on. So rather than walking through life as a mindless zombie I have, over time, started to shed the zombie state and wake up to what I can cherish.
Q: Are you cherishing life’s journey? How?
Ans: I definitely am cherishing life’s journey. I do lack in this field because I think about the end goal more than focussing on now. But I love my family and friends and I love to spend time with them. In those moments, I feel the most grateful and happy and in the present moment trying to be fully present and enjoy the moment because its so precious and time is limited. I always live life on my own terms and do what I want to do so that automatically makes me love my life and all the things I do. When I analyse my life, I am extremely happy about the path is it taking. When I think about the past, it has taught me that it is only about the journey because once we reach the finish line, it’s the end of that thing, so then u can only cherish the memories, but that particular thing is over and done with! So it’s really the journey that matters.
sometimes, we are so caught up in our busy lives and I think about a poem I learned in 4th grade:
Leisure by William Henry Davies
What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
Life is soooooo beautiful, we just gotta take out some time to stand and stare 🙂
By showing up for it as fully as I can.
Trying to “be here now” — enjoying the “third act” of my life since retiring. Perhaps the best and most surprising aspect is my role as a grandfather.
I’m cherishing life’s journey by going with the flow and letting go.
My focus is on my unique self expression and deep questioning of the “why” behind how I am showing up each day. I hadn’t thought about it in terms of cherishing. Perhaps more about being true – and I cherish the Truth.
Not sure. I keep hearing people say they were born for this time but honestly i’m not feeling it. I’ve always felt to fragile for this life and that it was too harsh. There are some things that have come up that do give me a reason to celebrate—the invention of a new economic system and other break away ideas that i’ve recently learned about.
I could do better, sometimes, at cherishing life’s journey. My answer this morning is probably colored by the fact I have not slept well this week, I caught up on some sleep this morning and got up late, and now have a case of the I-don’t-wannas. But I suppose this is a part of life, too. I could accept that we all have hills and valleys, big and small, times we are energetic and times we are not, and rather than feel badly that I didn’t make use of my morning, I could cherish it as time to nurture my needs and look out the window at the light rain. I have my coffee, I’ve fed the cat and helped my son clean a dorm fridge he was selling, and now I’m about to make my bed. Maybe I will just “putter around” today and nurture my needs.
I hope everyone has a wonderful day today. I think of people here often in my day, when I’m gardening, or whatever. It is very nice to have this community.
No. I feel like I’m too caught up in and consumed by a job I dislike. I’m trying hard to focus and pay off my debts so I can move on to focusing on the things I enjoy. I made the decision not to have children. Now I need to focus my time on pursuing my interests and passions more fully. And also discover what exactly those are.
Once when I had a job I really loathed, my dad suggested to me to, “go out on a high note.” He suggested that while I looked for a better job, that I tried to do the very best job at the one I had, with a plan that I might only be there about three months and I’d like a good recommendation. Surprisingly, it worked to make the job not awful, too. When I threw myself into my current job with gusto, things shifted, work attitudes and relationships shifted, and it wasn’t a horrible job anymore. It took a bit of time, but it did work, and I felt better about myself, too… like I was better than that job and had integrity. Anyway, just a thought… if you are stuck there for now anyway, might make the most of it. And good luck paying off debts quickly and finding a new situation! 🙂
“Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men. Most of these unnumbered seeds perish and are lost, because men are not prepared to receive them: for such seeds as these cannot spring up anywhere except in the soil of freedom, spontaneity and love.” Thomas Merton
dear Carol . . .
something from Thomas Merton I have not heard before.
Thank you, Carol.
In a way, I cherish my journey by trying to live more fully and not go around it. This can be very challenging at times but I want to learn the lessons of life.
I am! I wake up and thank God for another day. I try to stay present in all that I do and all whom I interact with. I take time to appreciate all of my blessings and all of the beauty in nature and in the people in my life. And I also have as much fun as I can!
By living each day with intent; practicing gratitude in community; appreciating the vital importance of others’ life journeys; cultivating my body, mind, and spirit to maximally engage and be present in this journey; and to be willing to continue walking through all circumstances, in order to continue the journey.
As always, this question is better after I have read the response of others and have reflected on the various ways they have interpreted both the question and their responses. I am tempted, on many days, to live life as an observer or spectator – to watch it and appreciate it a cherish it from that point of view. Life, in general, is a gift to be cherished on a grand scale, and not to be wasted or left unappreciated. However, as a participant of life and in particular as the engineer of my life, God, notwithstanding, it comes and goes. It’s not about the ups and downs, the pains and sorrows. It’s about what I leave unsaid, unattended, undone, uncared for, unchampioned. In that regard, I am not cherishing life’s journey in the way I could.
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